Be A Good Client

“The book is a page-turner as Hughes narrates the life-changing event
that drew her into the law suit upon which many of her suggestions are based.
Moreover, her years as a legal professional give her ample
experience from which to draw in making her recommendations.”

While you are sizing up the attorney, they are deciding whether or not they want to take you on as a client.  The first impression is important so make it count.  It can mean the difference between getting the lawyer you want or having to settle for second best.  Small actions can make big impressions.

First Appointment…

  • Call ahead to inquire about parkingNo pets no smoking
  • Arrive on time
  • Bring a picture ID
  • Be well groomed – hair combed, good personal hygiene
  • Do not take pets or children (if possible)
  • Take your Client Workbook

Be Consistent…

Make a good impression throughout your legal matter.

  • Respond to all communication in a timely manner
  • Keep messages short and to the point
  • Make sure your attorney has your current contact information

Things to Consider…

  • If you are considering suing someone, think it through before retaining a lawyer. Lawsuits are expensive.  Are you willing to throw down $20,000 to get a $500 judgment or two years of litigation just to prove a point?
  • Don’t play “armchair lawyer” and question every move your attorney makes. Trust their judgment when it comes to the legal aspects of your case.
  • Keep your emotions at bay. Your attorney is not a therapist.  Your friends and family should be the sounding board for emotional discussions, not your attorney.
  • Keep humor at a minimum. Here’s the thing about lawyer jokes:  Lawyers don’t think they’re funny and everyone else thinks they are true.  Treat your legal matter with the respect it deserves. A consultation is not a place for stand-up comedy.
  • There are several more do’s and don’t’s in Be A Smart Client.